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Last Updated: Monday, 9 January 2006, 12:30 GMT
Gynaecologist to change gender
Colin Bone
Colin Bone will return to the hospital as Miss Celia Macleod
A medical director of a Norfolk hospital has announced that he is to undergo a sex change.

Colin Bone, who works at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, is to go on extended leave and will return to the hospital next autumn as a woman.

A consultant in Gynaecology, Mr Bone, who will be known as Ms Celia Macleod, has the hospital's full support.

Chief Executive Ruth May said: "Colin has been open and honest with us as to his intentions."

Family support

"Colin has lived his life as a male with a male body but all the time with an inner understanding of being female," she said.

"Throughout Colin's life he has found some aspects of his identity as a source of confusion and bewilderment."

The decision was made public by the hospital on Monday morning.

In a statement, the QE said the transition was being made with the full knowledge of the hospital trust and chief executive.

"The board and professional colleagues, along with his wife and family, will continue to give Colin/Celia support as necessary during what is certain to be a challenging time in both his professional and personal life."

Patients have received letters explaining the situation and a helpline has been set up to answer any questions.

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